Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in American Studies

University of Queensland Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in American Studies


Job No:510296

Area:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) is a large, multi-disciplinary Faculty with a broad academic profile, substantial research achievements and a commitment to public engagement.

The Faculty comprises seven Schools, two research Institutes, two museums, a Centre for Policy Futures, and several school-based research centres. It also plays host to the Institute for Modern Languages and the Confucius Institute.

The complementary nature of our disciplines attract a diverse cohort of international and domestic students, with 640 research higher degree students, approximately 1,600 students in postgraduate coursework degrees and close to 7,000 undergraduates.

About This Opportunity

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks a Lecturer\Senior Lecturer to engage in undergraduate teaching in the Western Civilisation major, focusing on American culture.

The Western Civilisation major is an interdisciplinary sequence of courses developed by academic staff at The University of Queensland. Taught in small seminars of approximately 10 students, these courses follow a ‘great books’ format and are designed to encourage close reading and critical reflection. As part of the Western Civilisation faculty, you will join an enthusiastic, collaborative teaching team that prioritises student experience and intellectual rigour. Teaching in this major will bring you into contact with some of the brightest and most engaged students that The University of Queensland has to offer.

Through an examination of key texts (literary, historical, visual, musical), proposed courses consider the influence various authors have had in trying to define, reify, and challenge existing concepts of what it means to be an American.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching into the Western Civilisation major, with a focus on American culture.
  • Assisting in the teaching of the core units of the Advanced Humanities degree.
  • Advising Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students as required.
  • Maintaining a program of research, including scholarly publication.
  • Working with colleagues and postgraduates in the development of joint research projects across the School, Faculty, and University where relevant.
  • Fostering the School’s relations with schools, professional bodies and the wider community.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, for example a Lecturer (Level B) position is equivalent to that of an Assistant Professor position in the US.

Our Ideal Candidate

We welcome applications from individuals who demonstrate expert knowledge in an area of American Culture. The position is open to candidates from any relevant disciplinary background, including literary studies, history, and American studies.

Successful Level B candidates will demonstrate:

  • Completion of a PhD in an area relevant to the teaching of American studies.
  • Evidence of undergraduate teaching experience in the required areas of expertise.
  • Academic supervisory skills
  • An ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote academic discipline at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies.

In addition to the essentials for Level B above, Level C candidates must have the following:

  • A developing international profile for research, evidenced by an outstanding record of publication.
  • Experience in academic administration at a disciplinary level.
  • A track record in the production of course materials for courses at a range of undergraduate levels.
  • An emerging track record of applications for external research funds, especially grants and fellowships, and other research project funding.

For a more detailed list of duties and selection criteria, please refer to the attached Position Description.

The position reports directly to the Director of the Program in Western Civilisation and has a functional reporting line to the Head, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry or the School of Communication and Arts.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for five years at Academic level B/C

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $97,590.98 - $ 137,846.50, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 510296_Lecturer in American Studies_PD.pdf

Our Selection Process

As part of the Selection Process, applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to teach a seminar to members of the academic community prior to their scheduled interview. Further information about the teaching demonstration will be provided with adequate notice to shortlisted candidates.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, therefore video interview options will be available.

Questions?

To discuss this role please contact Professor Alastair Blanshard at a.blanshard@uq.edu.au

For any questions about the recruitment process please contact; recruitment@uq.edu.au

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

Applications close: June 14th, 11pm

Interviews Tentatively Scheduled: 21st of July

Advertised: 15 May 2020

Applications close: 14 Jun 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time